Saitama Seibu Lions (埼玉西武ライオンズ)
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[8/17/2018] Seibu Lions likely open to posting Yusei Kikuchi after 2018 season

According to a report by Nikkan Sports, the Seibu Lions are leaning towards agreeing to post twenty-seven-year-old Yusei Kikuchi after the 2018 season. The Lions have dropped statements over the last couple of years indicating they would be open to posting the ace based on his performance. Team official Haruhiko Suzuki told reporters on August 16 that they have made no promises, have not spoken directly to Kikuchi, and will not discuss individual issues until after the season.

Kikuchi has posted decent numbers (9-2, 101 K, 33 BB, 112.2 IP, 3.20 ERA) despite struggling with left shoulder issues earlier in the year. The Lions have also played well and are currently in first place in the Pacific League (the second place Fighters are 5.5 games back).

Source: Sanspo 8/16/2018, Sanspo 8/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/17/2018

[UPDATE 8/18 @ 11:57am]

Eighteen scouts from twelve NPB teams, including the Brewers, were at Kikuchi’s start against Nippon Ham on August 17.

Source: Sports Hochi 8/18/2018, Daily Sports 8/18/2018, Sponichi 8/18/2018, Nikkan Sports 8/18/2018

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[7/26/2018] Seibu Lions reach agreement with Kyle Martin

The Seibu Lions announced on July 26 that they reached an agreement with Kyle Martin. They are hoping he can help bolster their bullpen. The twenty-seven-year-old will arrive in Japan on July 29. The Lions will hold a press conference for him on July 31.

Source: Seibu 7/26/2018, Sports Hochi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Sponichi 7/26/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/26/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/26/2018, Sanspo 7/26/2018

[UPDATE 8/1 @ 4:50am]

The Lions held a press conference for Martin on July 31. He was assigned the uniform number 42. According to media reports, he agreed to a contract worth an estimated 300,000 US dollars.

Source: Seibu 7/31/2o18, Sanspo 7/31/2018, Tokyo Sports 7/31/2018, Nikkan Sports 7/31/2018

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[7/22/2018] Seibu Lions hit one million in attendance

The Seibu Lions made it to one million in attendance in their forty-first game of the season on July 21 and set a new franchise speed record (based on figures released since 2005).

Source: Sanspo 7/21/2018

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[7/20/2018] Fabio Castillo taken off active roster with elbow tightness

Fabio Castillo was taken off the active roster on July 20 with tightness in his right elbow. His schedule will be determined after a visit to the hospital. Castillo felt some tightness and pain during his last outing before the All-Star break and expressed some concern about the elbow during the recent Softbank series at YafuOku Dome.

Source: Nikkan Sports 7/20/2018, Sports Hochi 7/20/2018, Sanspo 7/20/2018

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[7/19/2018] Seibu Lions acquire Ryuya Ogawa in trade

Seibu Lions announced today that they acquired twenty-six-year-old Ryuya Ogawa in a trade with the Chunichi Dragons for cash considerations.

Source: Seibu 7/19/2018, Chunichi 7/19/2018, Sanspo 7/19/2018, Daily Sports 7/19/2018, Sponichi 7/19/2018

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Tatsuya Imai: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

June 14 vs Yakult at MetLife Dome – Imai made his Ichi-gun debut and recorded a victory (six innings, 112 pitches, five hits, one run, topped out at 152km/h). He is the seventh player in Lions history to record a win in his first game, first since Kazuyuki Hoashi on March 27, 2001. He is the first starter since Daisuke Matsuzaka on April 7, 1999.

Imai is also the seventh Koshien Champion since 1950 to record a win in his first game, first since Yuki Saito and Yuya Fukui in 2011; and fifth Koshien Champion out of high school since Daisuke Matsuzaka in 1999.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2018, Tokyo Sports 6/14/2018, Sponichi 6/14/2018

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Ichiro Tamura: Did You Know

Family

Tamura told the media on June 12, 2018 that he filed marriage papers with an older woman from Saitama earlier in the day.

Source: Seibu 6/12/2018, Sports Hochi 6/12/2018, Sponichi 6/12/2018, Nikkan Sports 6/12/2018

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[5/31/2018] Hideto Asamura earns domestic free agent option

Twenty-seven-year-old Hideto Asamura earned his domestic free agent option on May 31 with eight years of service time on the active roster.

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/31/2018, Sanspo 5/31/2018, Sports Hochi 5/31/2018

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Kazuki Kaneko: Did You Know

Milestones

2018

May 22 vs Softbank at YafuOku Dome – Kaneko entered the game in the seventh inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out swinging against Ren Kajiya. He led off the ninth inning with the first hit of his career: a home run to left off Yuito Mori (second game, second plate appearance).

Source: Nikkan Sports 5/22/2018, Sanspo 5/22/2018

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[5/10/2018] Seibu Lions to acquire Deunte Heath

The Seibu Lions announced today that they reached an agreement on a transfer for thirty-two-year-old pitcher Deunte Heath with the BC League’s Toyama GRN Thunderbirds. The former Hiroshima Carp was 1-0 with four saves and a 0.00 ERA over 9.0 innings in seven games for Toyama this year. He faced thirty-two hitters, allowed three hits, walked two, and struck out fourteen.

Source: Seibu 5/10/2018, Daily Sports 5/10/2018, Sponichi 5/10/2018, Tokyo Sports 5/10/2018, Sports Hochi 5/10/2018

[UPDATE 5/16 @ 3:01am]

The Lions held a press conference for Heath on May 15. He was assigned the uniform number 68. According to media reports, he agreed to a salary worth 175,000 US dollars plus incentives. He is scheduled to join the Ichi-gun team on May 16.

Source: Seibu 5/15/2018, Sanspo 5/15/2018, Nikkan Sports 5/15/2018, Sponichi 5/15/2018

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